Ludwig van Beethoven

About Ludwig van Beethoven

Considered one of the greatest, and perhaps the greatest, composer of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote nine symphonies, five piano concertos, thirty-two piano sonatas, sixteen string quartets, seven piano trios, ten violin sonatas, a violin concerto, the Missa Solemnis, the opera Fidelio, ballet and incidental music, overtures, and other works for orchestra, voice, chamber ensemble, and solo piano. The German pianist, conductor, and composer was a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western music and influenced nearly every composer who followed him.

“King Stephen”

By |2020-08-20T16:42:44-05:00August 19th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Beethoven 250, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music|

In July 1811, Ludwig van Beethoven accepted a commission to provide incidental music to two plays that were to be performed at the opening of the new Hungarian Theatre in Pest. Authored by August von Kotzebue, King Stephen: or Hungary’s First Benefactor and The Ruins of Athens were nationalistic dramas in the German singspiel format (combining [...]

“The Glorious Moment”

By |2020-08-20T16:35:50-05:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Beethoven 250, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music|

Beethoven’s unusual cantata Der glorreiche Augenblick (The Glorious Moment), Op. 136, was commissioned by the Vienna City Administration. The work has an undistinguished text suited to the occasion of its first performance, a tribute to the kings and princes of Europe after the defeat of Napoleon, words that are at least better than those that Beethoven had [...]

“Holy Song of Thanksgiving”

By |2020-03-25T09:30:08-05:00March 26th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music|

Some two years before he died, having just recovered from a serious intestinal illness, Ludwig van Beethoven composed a long movement for string quartet, which he called “Holy Song of Thanksgiving of a Convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode” (“Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart”). He used the piece [...]

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